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  • E-News U. Contributor 9:23 pm on January 29, 2011 Permalink |  

    HU Scripps Days: Opportunities for intern success 

    By Heather Robinson

    With her ankles crossed and hands clasped, Amanda Shepherd sat in her business attire, anxiously awaiting the calling of her name. On her lap sat a folder that contained her resume and samples of her journalistic works.

    She took a deep breath, not letting her nerves take over, and patiently waited for her turn.

    Shepherd was among 77 students interviewed Jan. 27 for internships during Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications annual Career Day. Interviewers were looking for ideal candidates to receive the six $3,000 scholarships, and several summer internships in Washington D.C.

    Because of the limited amount of slots available, the Interviewees needed to stand out.

    Carmena Bell

    Junior broadcast major Carmena Bell went to the Career Day seminar the day before the interviews.  Speaker Judy Briggs discussed business etiquette, and how to conduct oneself in an interview.

    Bell said, “It was really informative, and I learned to back up my answers with examples and experiences.”

    So, just what were the interviewers looking for in potential intern candidates?  From the E.W Scripps Company, Lee Rose, corporate office manager of human resources, explained what she focused on while interviewing students:

    “You need to have practical experience outside the classroom and tangible skills.  Coming in prepared and giving examples of your work really shows me your desire to learn.”

    Shepherd, a junior public relations major, was interviewing for one of the $3,000 scholarships, and wanted to make a good impression.  With aspirations of interning at Essence magazine, she was ready for her interview.

    When asked during a sit-down interview if Shepherd thought she was prepared to outshine the competition she said, “I’m a little nervous but I have determination and experience working with people.  Whether it is in a group or solo, I am confident that I can get the job done.”

    “Amanda Shepherd,” a woman called from the doorway of the interviewing room.

    She was up.

    After about 15 minutes of being interviewed by Sue Porter of the E.W Scripps Company, Shepherd smiled happily and took a deep breath of relief.  Her body language illuminated with success, and her eyes were full of confidence.

    “I did really well,” said Shepherd, “and was prepared for questions asked.”

    Career Day gave students the skills to undergo various types of business situations now, and in the future.  Not only did Shepherd feel successful, her fellow peer Bell felt the confidence to be successful.

    That is what this experience was all about.

    The writer is a junior print journalism major at Hampton University Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications

  • E-News U. Contributor 5:34 pm on January 28, 2011 Permalink |
    Tags: America's Next Top Model, , interns, Scripps Howard Foundation   

    Meet Hampton U. ‘Scripps Howard next top intern’ 

    By Jennifer Ibe

    After days of preparing and hours of rehearsing, eight students excitedly waited to prove that they could be Hampton University “Scripps Howard’s Next Top Intern.”

    The concept was borrowed from the CW Networks successful modeling show, “America’s Next Top Model” founded and hosted by Tyra Banks.

    Eight contestants were ready to prove to the judges and their peers that they had what it takes to be on top.

    Scripps Howard Foundation judges Lee Rose, Keenan Smith, Mizell Stewart III and Robyn Hildal judged the contestants in categories that compromised of talent, resume, presentation and oral skills.

    Contestant Kori Williams, a sophomore public relations major from Cleveland, impressed the judges with her work experience at RMR PR agency as she worked her way up as an account executive.

    “I wanted to get experience outside the agency,” said Williams.

    Williams, who took a different route than any of the other contestants, started working at the PR firm and decided to put her career on hold at the age of 23 to attain her bachelors’ degree.

    When asked why she left her budding career to pursue a degree, Williams said, “Hampton chose me. The opportunities here are so beneficial.”

    Contestant Aaron Hilton, a senior, broadcast journalism major from Newport, R.I., charmed the judges with his light, fun, and sometimes humorous approach.

    “I was relaxed. I had to sell myself,” says Hilton. “It was a great experience.

    Other contestants did the runway walk and presented why they would be the best candidate, but only one could win.

    After several minutes of deliberation, Derek Garlington, a junior, broadcast journalism major from Waterbury, Conn., was named “Scripps Howard’s Next Top Intern” and awarded the $500 scholarship prize.

    “I’m glad the judges’ saw I was a worthy candidate and chose me,” said Garlington, 18.

    “It feels great about winning, but I thought most of the contestants did well as me.”

    Lee Rose, corporate communications manager and corporate office human resources manager for the E.W. Scripps Company, as well as one of the judges, recalled why she chose Garlington as the winner.

    “Derek stood out because he gave specifics. What’s the one sound bite that will make you memorable.”

    For example, Harrington, who enrolled at HU as a 16-year-old freshman, excelled not only in his academics, but gained knowledgeable experience in several areas of media that set him apart from the rest of the contestants.

    “In high school I interned and found my way working in three different radio stations now in college. Not only was I on-air with WHOV 88.1, but I will be working for two different radio stations in Chesapeake.”

    The writer is a senior print journalism major at the Scripps Howard School.

  • E-News U. Contributor 3:37 pm on January 24, 2011 Permalink |
    Tags: 4g, at&t, cellular phones, dominion virginia power, verizon   

    Verizon wireless power outage jolts Hampton U. campus 

    By Ashley Bayton and Ayanna Wilson

    “Do you hear me now?” the Verizon Wireless campaign from 2004 was ringing truer than ever with Verizon customers Monday on the Hampton University campus.

    Many students reported recognizing a network power outage approximately 1 p.m.

    Officials from Verizon Wireless confirmed the power outage, but said they were not sure how many customers were affected or which of the Virginian regions were also experiencing service issues.

    An official reached at an 800 number said the outage could last anywhere from one hour to one day.

    Brittany Deskins, a sophomore nursing major, said that she and fellow nursing student, Stephanie Evans recognized their phones were not able to send or receive calls or text messages as they exited the School of Nursing.

    “ I was trying to text my mom, and I couldn’t,” said Deskins. “Then I tried to call home, and that didn’t work either. It wasn’t until I looked at my phone and saw the SOS message that I realized there was something wrong with the network.”

    Verzion subscribers around Hampton University’s campus said they were frustrated, and the outages reached everyone from broadcast journalism and public relations, to finance and economics majors.

    But some HU students said they were frustrated but just trying to consider possible causes for the outage.

    Imani Smith, a 5-year Masters in Business Administration major and AT&T customer, suggested that the outage may be due to construction to the Verizon tower in downtown Hampton.

    Verizon Wireless officials could not offer a reason for the outage. They do not know when the network will be running again; however, the cellular company is offering airtime credit as compensation to customers for inconvenience.

    Verizon customers are not the only customers experiencing outages. The Daily Press reported that over 2,000 Dominion Power customers were also without power.

    It was unclear whether or not the two outages are related.

    Fellow seniors Benjamin Gibson, Shantel Hanley, Jamar Johnson, Kendra Smith, Alanna Winns and Lindsay Watson contributed to this report.

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